Letter: Voter turnout
Updated: March 24, 2012 8:05AM
“Decisions are made by those who show up.” Our right to vote is the most fundamental right we have as citizens. We have the right to elect those who will lead us and the right to remove those from office when they forget what they were sent to do.
In 2012 we will be electing people to serve us at the federal, state and county levels of government. Each of these have the potential to affect the most important issues facing each and every citizen such as the economy, health care, immigration and gun control.
In the primary of 2010, the turnout was only 25 percent in suburban Cook County. Primaries are important considering the fact that they determine who we have an opportunity to vote for in November. The best person may not be on the ballot in November because 75 percent didn’t vote in the primary!
I urge people to consider taking the time to vote in the primary. Early voting begins on Feb. 27 and ends on March 15. In addition, absentee ballots may be obtained so people can vote in the privacy of their own homes.
Those who are not yet registered may still do so, until Feb. 21. For more information on registering to vote, early voting or absentee ballots, please visit my website at www.lizgorman.com.
With all of the important issues facing our families, I strongly urge all of my fellow citizens to register to vote and participate in the primary.
Cook County Commissioner